WSJ: iPhone 7 won't bring major changes because new Apple technologies are not ready yet

WSJ: iPhone 7 won't bring major changes because new Apple technologies are not ready yet
Apple usually redesigns iPhones once every two years, but it looks more and more like this won't happen in 2016 - despite the fact that the last major redesign came with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in 2014 (two years ago).

According to The Wall Street Journal and "people familiar with the matter", this year's two new iPhones - probably called iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus - will introduce "subtle" modifications, the most important among them being the lack of a 3.5mm audio jack. As previously reported, the next-gen iPhones will use their Lightning connectors for both charging the battery, and connecting headphones. But this doesn't mean you have to throw away all your 3.5mm headphones, as Apple seemingly plans to include a 3.5mm to Lightning adapter in the retail boxes of its new iPhones. In fact, a pair of standard 3.5mm EarPods should be included as well.

It's not the first time we're hearing about the fact that the iPhone 7 series won't be too different from the iPhone 6 and 6s families. However, the report from Wall Street Journal certainly adds credibility to all the previous rumors regarding this.

It's said that the lack of a 3.5mm headset jack will allow Apple to make the new iPhones about 1 mm thinner than the current models, while also enhancing their water-resistance. That aside, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus should offer displays similar to those found on the iPhone 6 and 6s series: 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches, respectively. Screen resolutions should also remain unchanged.

The Wall Street Journal notes that Apple isn't significantly modifying the design of this year's iPhones because, while the company is working on various new technologies, these take (more) time to be implemented. Thus, that long rumored dual rear camera - depicted in the image above - might not make it into the final design of the iPhone 7. Another major new feature that is seemingly saved for iPhones coming in 2017 or beyond may be a curved OLED display with embedded fingerprint sensor (this would eliminate the need of a physical home button, while also reducing bezel size).

Right now, it's obviously hard to tell how successful the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be, seeing that they might not offer features capable of actually exciting customers. But let's wait and see what happens in September, when the two new Apple smartphones should be announced and released around the world.

source: The Wall Street Journal

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84 Comments

1. TechieXP1696

Posts: 32; Member since: Jun 19, 2016

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will have 4K screen, 16GB of RAM, 256GB memory, waterproof, HD projector, DSLR camera, microSD expansion, thermonuclear infinite battery, and laser cannon, but iPhone won't even have a headphone jack. Samsung rules. Techie out.

3. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Really. Are you so original you had to steal my picture, and you sound nothing like me. You're stupid!

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 30778; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

We like the new Techie more, he's not a rant nag like you.

21. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1182; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Haha, can't get enough of techies, eh? There's a rumor that one of the iPhone models will use OLED panels this year, if that turns out to be true, maybe iPhone could become a little interesting this year.

28. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I read that would be next year's.... but who knows.

35. darkkjedii

Posts: 30778; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It's such a wait and see right now. It's exciting just reading the will they/won't they rumors.

41. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 653; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

And the new Techie's comments are shorter!

49. darkkjedii

Posts: 30778; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

New Techie has some hilarious one liners.

53. Unordinary unregistered

They're.... more well-manicured ;)

66. sgodsell

Posts: 6705; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

So this is Apples way to get everyone ready with basically the same ole hardware. Only they want to see if you will be prepared to pay the same amount, or even a little more money for basically the same specs with very few changes.

19. AlikMalix unregistered

Chill real techie, we just want full truth this time and no half truths and one sided arguments that we get from you. Techie 1696 speaks the truth.

30. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

Look who's talking, guess anyone can become a fanboy (yeah they're all annoying) techie was Samsung diehard fan while you stand on different camp.

20. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1182; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Oh my god, techie has a pre alpha version from 320 years ago? My god, you sure have changed a lot in the years. BTW, I was hearing around the web that iPhone is gonna use OLED panel for at least one of the model this year, wonder what changes that will bring, anyway, still not very interested in the iPhone, have to see the product to decide.

23. Landon

Posts: 1229; Member since: May 07, 2015

*Grabbing the popcorn*

25. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

lol, I'm sorry Techie, I really have nothing against you buddy, but your excessively long posts have kinda resulted in you being singled out by this obnoxious, yet funny troll. I say be a good sport and just go with it.

42. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2123; Member since: May 29, 2014

Techie! You have a groupie girl! Just go with the flow dude. Whoever it is is obviously crushing on you.

68. Fona13A unregistered

John Cena broke your sh!t sorry bub.

6. French_Toast

Posts: 98; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Who cares of Iphone 7, Note 7, the lord of the phone will be unveiled eminently!

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 30778; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The multi millions of people, that will buy the iPhone 7 care. You don't care, cause you don't want one. Makes sense huh?

52. French_Toast

Posts: 98; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

The sheep do not care about innovation, they buy without logic. Makes sense huh?

54. Unordinary unregistered

The only sheep here is you repeating that older-than-dirt phrase that the anti Apple herd says all the time LOL

58. darkkjedii

Posts: 30778; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

He doesn't realize, he's exactly what he's calling Apple users, just from a different herd.

56. darkkjedii

Posts: 30778; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Actually, it doesn't. A sheep is an animal, it's incapable of buying anything. Makes sense huh?

57. jellmoo

Posts: 2528; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Dude... Don't go calling something "the lord of phones" and then call people "sheep" in your next breath. It's sad.

16. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Thermonuclear infinite battery and a laser cannon, but only 16GB or RAM? Are you sure those specs official? lol

24. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1182; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Oh nonono, I am pretty sure it has 16GB ram at 9999999MHz which will make the iPhone blazing fast this year, you might be able to control all the nuclear warheads stored in the States with it, if not the whole world.

27. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well, I'll believe it when I see it..... but just in case I'm getting it on preorder. ;)

70. TechieXP1696

Posts: 32; Member since: Jun 19, 2016

These are Note 7 specs. iPhone sucks. Samsung is king!

32. aegislash

Posts: 1434; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Is this Mxy?

43. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2123; Member since: May 29, 2014

Probably. She's known to create troll accounts of others.

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